Wednesday, February 18, 2009

February Baltozine Round-Up

Since this year promises to be a big one for Baltimore arts, I'll try and keep track of new magazines that come in that talk about Baltimore stuff.

In Mojo #184:
Crazy Dreams Band - s/t
Score: ***

"Absurdist synth-rock is the modus operandi for this groovy project featuring Baltimore's performance art chanteuse Lexie Mountain. Backed by a low-slung rhythm section, harmonica, lap steel, 'guitar machete' and some fabulously wayward lead Moog lines, her blues wail suggests Patti Smith fronting Trans Am, peaking on the 10-minute Nightcrawler." -Manish Agarwal

In Filter #34:
Arbouretum - Song Of The Pearl Score: 83%
"...Song Of The Pearl is a very solid and accessible record. ... Arbouretum, however, keeps its doom-folk straightforward enough for the appreciation of stoners and serious musicians alike. But while the melodies and rhythms won't escape most listeners, it is the aforementioned instrumental prowess and attention to detail that help build appreciation with each listen." -David C. Obenour

Dan Deacon - Bromst Score: 85%
"Dan Deacon has two distinct lenses through which he can be viewed: the perpetual child genius, looking to recreate the rapture of some Nintendo loop he heard when he was five, and the impressive electronic composer, creating ecstatic moments with junky synths and solid training. Bromst helps him to shorten the distance between the two. ..." -Sam Roudman

In Spin (March 2009):
Dan Deacon - Bromst 8/10
"Even at his most contemplative and nuanced, Deacon remains a DIY trickster at heart." - Charles Aaron




In Roctober #46:
Edie Sedgwick - Things Are Getting Sinister And Sinisterer
"Whoa! This is surprisingly fun and absurd and ridiculous and joie d' vivre and bitchy funny for a Dischord release. Infact, it's all those things for any kinda release. ... This record will make you dance... really strangely." -Waymon Timbsdayle

Pontiak - Sun On Sun
"A fable in which a magical drum makes gravity malfunction so that extreme heaviness loses its traditional weight.... or does it?" -Waymon Timbsdayle

Thank You - Terrible Two
"This sounds like a computer model of DNA looks; a twisting confusing collection of colorful little balls that is dizzying and hypnotic. Not to say this has little balls, this has very big balls." -Waymon Timbsdayle

In Maximum Rocknroll #310:
Ubangis - Drop Another Coin
"Surf-ish guitar and neo-rockabilly elements about here, making it easy to make a Cramps reference (covering Johnny Cash's song from the sleaze noir classic Five Minutes To Live makes such a comparison even easier), with a big dose of late-'90s Fonzie Punk..." -Dr. Dante

Ubangis - Exploit Yourself
"Simultaneously over-produced and badly produced garage that harks back to the bad ol' days of the '90s." -Sean Dougan

2 comments:

Lexie Mountain said...

BENN & RACHEL
this section is an awesome idea i hope it keeps going!
thanks forever!

celebrated summer said...

This issue of Mrr also has my band Deep Sleep in 2 of the best of 2008 lists, one with a mini-review, They also interviewed us a few issues ago maybe 306...